Written by Michele Bernstein Siegel Friday, 12 April 2013 00:00
The Great Neck Park District Bruins hockey season officially came to an end last Tuesday, March 26. Another successful season culminated in an awards dinner at the Nassau Coliseum on Tuesday, April 2. Between 5 and 7 p.m., the attending Bruin hockey team players and parents (approximately 125), gathered in a comfortable restaurant-style room at the Coliseum to celebrate their hard work and dedication during the 2012-13 season. Hockey Director Fred Ondris, Assistant Director Blaine Aronovitch, hockey coaches, Superintendent Peter M. Renick, Commissioner Daniel M. Nachmanoff and Dr. George and Mrs. Angela Stergiopoulos were on hand to offer their accolades for a spectacular season. Dr. and Mrs. Stergiopoulos presented the MVP awards in honor of their son Andrew. Andrew Stergiopoulos was a committed hockey player, whose memory lives on at the Parkwood Sports Complex’s Andrew Stergiopoulos Ice Rink, renamed in his honor after 9/11.
Recognition was given to all of the hockey players, managers, coaches and volunteers for their devotion to hockey and to the Park District rink. Team managers and coaches highlighted their teams with memories of the year. Tributes were also given to coaches for the endless hours they spent coaching and guiding the children in the game of hockey this past year.
The following MVP awards were given to individual hockey players exemplifying hockey excellence: Graham Turk, Midget Major; Steve Cacchiolli, Midget Minor; Nick Nikas, Bantam; Sam Levitan, PeeWee White and Dan Lopes, PeeWee Black. The dinner was followed by a hockey game between the New York Islanders and the Winnepeg Jets.